Forked River, NJ
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Forked River is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,352 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forked River is the 311th largest community in New Jersey.

Forked River is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Forked River is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forked River who work in office and administrative support (14.24%), teaching (11.00%), and sales jobs (10.87%).

Forked River is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Forked River’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Forked River is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Forked River, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.87 minutes every day commuting to work.

In terms of college education, Forked River is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.60% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forked River in 2010 was $35,023, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,092 for a family of four. However, Forked River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Forked River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forked River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forked River include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Forked River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.